Navy Chief Arrested on Molestation Charges

KINGSLAND -- A Navy chief petty officer has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 9-year-old girl at a Lowes store in Kingsland.

Robert Holzheuser, 40, of Kingsland, was arrested by Kingsland police with the assistance of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He is currently stationed aboard the USS Georgia at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Kingsland police received the complaint Dec. 23, the day after the incident allegedly occurred.

According to investigators, a white male exposed himself twice to the girl while she was inside the store with her mother. The mother told investigators a man was walking closely behind them, and her daughter became frightened, began crying and wanted to leave the store.

Once they were outside, the girl told her father that a man exposed himself to her while they were inside the store. The girl was able to provide a description of the suspect. Officers viewed store surveillance video and obtained more evidence.

During the investigation, a Kingsland detective was able to identify the suspect, with the help of NCIS investigators.

Lt. Richard Sapp, a Kingsland police investigator, said Holzheuser was not wearing a Navy uniform when he was in the store.

Sapp said the investigation is ongoing and he cannot say how detectives determined the suspect was in the Navy.

Holzheuser was arrested at the Navy base by Kingsland police with assistance from the NCIS.

He is charged with one count of child molestation, a felony, and one count of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.

Holzheuser is being held at the Camden County jail in Woodbine, where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

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